STARTINGPOINTS

A Journal of American Principles & American Practices

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Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin
February 12, 2017 Larry Arnhart

On February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born in Hardin County, Kentucky; and Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England. The coincidence of their being born on the same day might lead us to think about the points of similarity in their lives.

The Humanities in a High Tech World
February 6, 2017 Donald L. Drakeman

Scientists and physicians can figure out whether a new drug actually extends lives, and mathematicians can calculate the costs, but science alone cannot provide a considered judgment about who should have those benefits and at what price.

Jefferson and Religious Toleration
January 30, 2017 Ari Helo

Defining the specifically American tradition of religious freedom inevitably brings us back to Thomas Jefferson. In the final analysis, religious freedom meant nothing less than freedom of conscience to Jefferson.

Solidarity and Subsidiarity
January 26, 2017 Peter Augustine Lawler

Each American knows he or she is a citizen, but also more than a citizen. Solidarity with all human beings—through a universal conception of rights and of citizenship in the City of God—means that our world isn’t irredeemably divided into bands of friends out to rob their enemies blind.

The Unexceptional Nation: Donald Trump and Making America Great Again
January 23, 2017 Hilde Eliassen Restad

Since World War II, U.S. foreign policy has been operating under the assumption that the world needs U.S. leadership not just because of American military might, or because of the dollar, but also because of American ideals. This foreign policy tradition and its justification in American exceptionalism is opposed by the new American president.

U.S. Constitutional Democracy in the World
January 23, 2017 Jay Sexton

What does the U.S. founding of 1787 look like from an international perspective? When and why did U.S. constitutional democracy matter to the wider world? These questions speak to our current global age. More than that, they offer a starting point for the coming generation of scholarship that has already begun to change our understanding ...